For example, according to the National Association of School Psychologists, approximately 160,000 students miss school each day because of fear of being bullied. Furthermore, victims of bullying often lose their friends both directly and indirectly as a result of their bullying experiences. Some friends confuse a victim's efforts to avoid the bully with attempts to avoid them, others are afraid of becoming victims themselves, and still others come to dislike the victim due to his or her
inability to deal more effectively with the bully.
Higher levels of depression are common among bullying victims, with suicidal ideation being four to five times as common among victims as non-victims. For many, the psychological effects of the bullying experience are long-
lasting. In fact, research has found that former victims of
bullying still had higher levels of depression and poorer
self-esteem at the age of 23, despite the fact that, as
adults, they were no more harassed or socially isolated
than adults who had not experienced bullying in their youth.
This picture is from the Chill Out Space of the Bullying. No Way!
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